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  • Thieves target vehicles in rash of break-ins

    The Lancaster Police Department is investigating a rash of car break-ins overnight Tuesday in one neighborhood between Forest Hills and S.C. 9 Bypass West.
    Police Capt. Scott Grant confirmed Wednesday morning there were at least seven vehicle break-ins reported on Rugby Road. West Glen and Sumter and Kent drives.
    The incidents happened between midnight Tuesday and 6 a.m. Wednesday.
    Items stolen included most anything of value “that people usually leave in their cars,” such as electronics, cellphones, money and firearms, Grant said.

  • Heath Springs hires painters for train depot

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs Town Council unanimously selected a painting contractor for the historic railroad depot at a special meeting Wednesday.
    After discussing four contractors, town council accepted the $6,500 bid of B&W Painting Co. of Charlotte.  The work includes pressure-washing, priming, a new coat of slate-gray paint, and reglazing windows where needed.
    B&W Painting repainted Springs House on West Gay Street in downtown Lancaster last month.

  • County to get 17 bridges

    Lancaster County will get $21 million for road resurfacing and bridge replacement and repair over the next 10 years under the just-approved roads bill, plus an immediate, one-time infusion of $950,000 to jump-start the work.
    “That should be about 65 miles of road work on state secondary roads,” County Administrator Willis said Thursday. “This is not for county roads.”

  • Haley signs roads bill, fumes about half measures

    COLUMBIA – On Wednesday, Gov. Nikki Haley signed S.1258 – legislation that allows the state to borrow more than $2 billion to rehab its crumbling roads and deteriorating bridges – but she was not pleased with the outcome.
    While it does move the state forward, Haley said in a letter to Senate President Pro Tem Hugh Leatherman and House Speaker Jay Lucas that the progress was “little more than window dressing.”

  • Holt booted from planning board

    An Indian Land representative on the Lancaster County Planning Commission has been booted from his seat for missing meetings, and says he believes his removal was in retaliation for questions he has raised about development matters.
    Jerry Holt, a three-year commission member representing Indian Land’s District 7, was notified June 3 in a letter from Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis that his appointed seat had been vacated automatically after he missed his fifth meeting this fiscal year.

  • Hit-and-run driver slams into 4 cars

    A hit-and-run left two cars totaled and two badly damaged at Young Motor Co. in Twin Pines on Sunday morning.
    Owner Bobby Young said his father-in-law, Thomas Fox, saw the damage as he drove by the car lot early Sunday morning on his way to Bojangles. He immediately called Young.
    When Young arrived at the lot, located at 1445 Charlotte Highway, at 7:30 Sunday morning, the S.C. Highway Patrol was already on the scene. Young’s wife, Lissa Fox, had reported it after talking with Fox.

  • Lightning suspected in house fire

    Lancaster County fire officials believe lightening may have caused a house fire east of Lancaster Saturday evening that displaced a family of four.
    The fire was one of two local house fires that day,  including one on Country Club Drive that slightly injured a resident.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said the most damaging of the two fires happened at 330 Holiday Road, where firefighters were dispatched during a thunderstorm about 9:57 p.m.

  • Mapping the monarch’s migration

    Colette Degarady found a glimpse of heaven on Earth last Christmas in the Sierra Madre Mountains of rural Mexico.
    A senior ecologist with the S.C. Nature Conservancy, Degarady ventured to the central Mexican highlands to observe a monarch butterfly cluster in winter.
    “It was incredible and almost like it was snowing butterflies,” she said. “Some people would lie on the ground and just take it all in. It was almost a spiritual experience.”

  • Fred Sheheen’s legacy of public service

    Nobody loved South Carolina more than Fred Sheheen, state Sen. Greg Gregory said Tuesday.
    Fred Sheheen, 79, died in a two-car wreck Monday near Lake Wateree in Kershaw County, said Kershaw County Coroner Phil McLeod.
    Fred Sheheen is the father of S.C. Sen. Vincent Sheheen (D-27). Vincent Sheheen and Gregory (R-16) represent Lancaster County in the state General Assembly.

  • 3-car crash closes 521 in Lancaster

    A section of U.S. 521 North (Charlotte Highway) in front of  Family Dollar in Lancaster was shut down late Tuesday afternoon for a three-car crash with injuries.
    At least one person was entrapped in the 5:27 p.m. accident, and had to be freed from the car. Her injuries were unknown.
    At press time, traffic along U.S. 521 was being diverted down University Drive to Hubbard Drive. For more, see the Friday edition of The Lancaster News.